With the spring blooms behind us and the early summer blooms bursting out all over, it’s hard not to be thinking about gardens. And whether you are a real gardener, a wannabe, or merely a spectator, it’s also hard not to be enticed by a charming garden shed. They come in a million shapes and styles. Given their small size and the fact that they can be built with less care than a house (i.e., less expensively), garden sheds can be the perfect laboratory for exploring your design fantasies or expressing your personality.
When I think of garden sheds, I think of sheds that are not just little buildings set in a garden, but sheds that are actually used to support the act/hobby/art of gardening. But there are all kinds of other possible uses, wood shops, art studios, writing retreats, play houses, and the list goes on. I think I will leave those for future posts. Today I present garden sheds used for gardening–although some of these examples may in fact be used for other things.
When given the opportunity to start planning a kitchen from scratch most people opt to have some sort of pantry. Cabinet makers have come up with innovative ways to make it possible to fit pantry features in cabinets of all sizes, but I think the minimum requirement for a Mom Pantry is to have a full height cabinet from the floor all the way up to the top of the soffit or ceiling. But you can’t stop there. It should also have racks on the inside of doors or pull-out shelves, or some other set up that allows users to see easily what is inside without having to dig around.
Cabinet pantries can work really well for most of us to live happy and productive lives, but there is something so attractive about a full-on, walk-in pantry. You can see things easily, kid-friendly foods can be kept on lower shelves, and there is plenty of room for bulk purchases. I’ve even seen some with coffee making stations to keep all of that clutter off kitchen counters. The possibilities are endless.